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Bears vs Vikings: Inside the snap counts, stats, and more

Here are all the snap counts for the Chicago Bears, a spotlight on some of their individual statistics, and a few team stats from their 12 to 10 win against the Minnesota Vikings.

Chicago Bears v Minnesota Vikings Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images

We've seen plenty of ugly Chicago Bears football during the Matt Eberflus era, but at least yesterday's game against the Minnesota Vikings ended in a 12 to 10 win. It was the first-ever NFC North victory for 'Flus, and it also broke the franchise's five-game losing streak against the Vikes.

Chicago's defense dominated most of the game, but the offense couldn't take advantage of the good field position they kept being gifted. Vikings quarterback Josh Dobbs threw four interceptions, and the Bears defense stopped Minnesota on both of their fourth-down tries. Chicago held the Vikes to just 2 of 9 on third downs, while the Bears were 8 of 18 and 1 for 1 on fourth down.

The Bears had more total yards (317 to 242), ran more plays (68 to 51), had more first downs (18 to 15), won the time of possession battle (35:50 to 24:10), and in what has become the norm for Eberflus' team this season, the Bears also had more penalties (7 for 76 yards to 4 for 24 for Minnesota).

ESPN shared this remarkable nugget: The Bears won a game without scoring a touchdown for the first time since 1993. For those wondering about that box score, here it is.

The Bears also did this yesterday...

Let's look at the Bears' playing time breakdowns and a few individual stats.


Justin Fields played as well as possible within the framework of the game plan until a couple of late fumbles nearly cost the Bears the win. But he overcame the turnovers with his first game-winning drive of the season. On the night, he was 27 or 37 (73%) passing for 217 yards and had a passer rating of 87.3. He was sacked three times, and he rushed 12 times for 59 yards.

This passing chart was unreal with how often offensive coordinator Luke Getsy called screens.

There are ways to attack a defense that likes to play so many players near the line of scrimmage and blitz a lot, but Getsy dialed up screen after screen after screen, etc...

Eberflus was asked after the game why they called so many screen passes, and he said it was because of Minnesota's aggressive defense but that there were a "bunch of different ways you can" attack that type of scheme. So if that were the case, then where were the run pass options, jet sweeps, slants, max protects, play actions, etc...

DJ Moore was targeted 13 times, and he caught 11 for 114 yards.

Cole Kmet had 7 receptions for 43 yards.

Roschon Johnson had 10 rushes for 35 yards, and he caught 5 balls for 40.

Khalil Herbert had 6 runs for 24 yards and 2 receptions for 14.

Darnell Mooney had 6 yards on 2 grabs.


Montez Sweat had 3 tackles, a tackle for loss, and a sack and a half.

Rookie corner Terell Smith led the Bears with 8 tackles

Tremaine Edmunds had 7 tackles, a TFL, and a forced fumble.

Jaquan Brisker had a half a sack, an interception, and 3 tackles.

T.J. Edwards had 6 tackles, 1 TFL, and an interception.

Kyler Gordon had a pick and 4 tackles.

Jaylon Johnson had 3 passes defended, an interception, and 3 tackles.


*The above image has players who only played in the third phase.

Trenton Gill had 3 punts for a 45.7 average while having a touchback and a punt inside the twenty-yard line.

Cairo Santos made 4 of 5 field goals, including the game-winner with 10 seconds left on the clock.

Velus Jones Jr. had a 28-yard kick return.

To check out the complete Bears vs. Vikings box score, I find that ESPN has an easy-to-navigate site, so hit that link if you want to see all the numbers.

All statistics and snap counts are taken directly from the NFL's Game Statistic and Information System, as are the accompanying pictures.